Dean Swift: The Politics of Satire

The Tercentenary of A Tale of a Tub (1704)

Conducted at The Deanery of St. Patrick's, Upper Kevin Street, Dublin 8, on 16-17 October 2004, with Dr Robert Mahony in the Chair.


[We may be able to resurrect some notes and references on these topics; I have contacted most of the people concerned. RJ (Ed), November 2006]

Plenary speakers

Clive Probyn (Monash Univ, Australia):
Skimming the surfaces in A Tale of a Tub
Andrew Carpenter (University College Dublin)
A Tale of as Tub as an Irish text (summary)

Panel: Considering the Tale of a Tub (1)

David Deeming (Godalming College, England)
Crystal O'Neal (Georgia State Univ)
The Pulpit, the Ladder, and the Stage-Itinerant
Sean Moore (Univ of New Hampshire)

Panel: Considering the Tale (2)

Sabine Baltes (Chemnitz University, Germany)
Stephen Karian (Marquette Univ, Wisconsin)
Heather Young (Catholic University of America)
Satire is a Virus: Generic Inhabitation and Transformation in Swift's Tale

Roundtable discussion: Satire and its Theories

Moderator: Patricia Bruckmann (University of Toronto)
Brian Connery (Oakland Univ, Michigan)
J. A. Downie (Goldsmiths Coll, London)
Clement Hawes (Pennsylvania State Univ)
Regina Janes (Skidmore Coll, New York)
Aileen Douglas (Trinity College Dublin)
Judith Mueller (Franklin and Marshall Coll, Pennsylvania)
The roundtable participants were encouraged to speak off the cuff, offering remarks in hopes of response, rather than to prepare a talk. There is therefore no written record of what was said.

Roundtable discussion: Historians, Literary Scholars and the Significance of Evidence

SJ Connolly (Queen's University Belfast)
Historians and Literature: The Problem of Evidence
Brean Hammond (Univ of Nottingham)
James Kelly, St Patrick's College Drumcondra (DCU)
Philip O'Regan (University of Limerick)
Deana Rankin (Girton Coll, Cambridge)
Melinda Rabb (Brown Univ, Rhode Island)

Discourse during Evensong, Sunday October 17:

WJ McCormack (Goldsmith's College, University of London)
Jonathan Swift as Spiritual Ancestor
WJ McCormack is Professor of Literary History at Goldsmith's College, University of London. McCormack's command of Ireland's literary history ranges inclusively from the seventeenth century to the present; he is the author of over a dozen books in this field, editor of as many more, and founder of the Jonathan Swift Summer School at Celbridge.


The Editor Dr Roy H W Johnston has undertaken to make available e-mail addresses of authors to bona-fide scholarly enquirers, who should e-mail him at rjtechne at iol dot ie.

We are adding links to other Swift sites, on a reciprocal basis, as we identify them.

For additional background relating to St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, see the cathedral website.

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